From Denver Post:
As Denver dignitaries gathered today for Mayor John Hickenlooper's State of the City address, City Council President Michael Hancock introduced singer Rene Marie to perform the national anthem. But that's not what she did.
Instead, Marie performed the song "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing," which also is known as the "black national anthem."
Let's see someone try that kind of shit here in Texas. I would have booed loudly. If my booing was met with resistance, I would have booed louder, or tossed a drink on stage. They should fine her for disturbing the peace, inciting a riot, or hate speech. We know how much the libs loooove hate speech.
She later admitted that she lied to the event organizers when she told them she would sing the Star Spangled Banner. They mayor said that she was "apologetic," but I'm sure it was along the lines of "I'm sorry if anyone was offended" and not an apology for lying to the event organizers and smearing the Star Spangled Banner.
Even at Wattstax in 1974, they had the common decency to sing the Star Spangled Banner, followed by Lift Every Voice And Sing. Everyone sat down in protest of course during the National Anthem, but they did sing it, which I think was a reasonable protest.
h/t: Michelle Malkin
I found a YouTube of someone singing the song in it's original Wattstax glory. Check it out after the jump. I'm working on a youtube of the performance in Denver. Stay tuned.